By 2011, Arce was making $300,000 to $400,000—she won’t give the exact amount—and had been promoted to vice president. She replaced her fake green card with a real one from the U.S. government after the wedding. She was legal, elite, and rich. She was also unhappy. The only thing stranger than going from selling funnel cakes in Texas to equity derivatives in New York was how vacant she felt.
Three-and-a-half years after quietly chanting her anxiety prayer in a locked bathroom stall, she took a piece of paper that listed her bonus into the ladies’ room. “I made it to this place that I always thought would get me everything I wanted,” she says. “But I remember leaving and going to the bathroom with my little letter that said how much money I was being paid and just feeling so empty.”
Interesting isn’t it?
She made it even higher than I did and still found the same thing that I have come to realize since 2007 and I ask myself all of the time, was it worth it?
She made it into the top ten percent of salaries in America and if the figures I have read are correct, so did I even though I only made $113,000 as compared to her $400,000 or so.
Arce is moving to California this March as the development director of Define American, a nonprofit founded by Vargas. The group pushes for rights for undocumented immigrants with projects including a campaign to have newspapers drop the term “illegal immigrant” in favor of “undocumented.”
The group faces a backlash against rights for immigrants. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who signed the bill that allowed Arce to attend college, told a Republican forum in Iowa this year that “if Washington refuses to secure the border, Texas will.” Texas Senator Ted Cruz asked his fellow Republicans to “show me where you stood up and fought” an executive action on immigration President Obama announced late last year. (In an awkward coincidence, Heidi Nelson Cruz, the senator’s wife, worked in the same Goldman Sachs unit, private wealth management, as Arce.)
Making hundreds of thousands of dollars on Wall Street didn’t protect Arce from fear. “There is still the stigma that what we did is shameful,” she says. “I’m tired of being ashamed for pursuing my dream, for climbing up the ladder, and for having success.”
When asked for comment on Arce’s story, Goldman Sachs sent a statement from Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein: “Wouldn’t it be great if we could give a home to more of the talented young people who come to this country for an education and want to apply their energy and skills to supporting our economy?” Goldman now verifies information from job applicants against government records, according to two people at the firm who asked not to be identified discussing its vetting process.
I can’t say I blame her for wanting to do this because maybe by helping others she will find the dream that she always wanted.
That said though, I haven’t been able to find work since Aug 2010 which leaves me in a corner where I will lose my little piece of land this week if I can’t raise a measly $1,500.00 and trust me, I have tried all avenues, and exhausted all of them.
So my back is up against a wall, and I’m in a corner simply because we are sending our jobs offshore, and importing temporary visa holders to displace us here in America making America the land of poverty rather than opportunity.
This is why I must fight the temporary worker visa programs and the offshoring of our jobs.
But we are not the only ones to find empty dreams, are we?
VICIOUS LIFE CYCLE
Life in a foreign land is a vicious cycle once after you enter into it. You cannot break it to leave for home or native nation just like that. No one explained this until the expiry of first H1B Visa copy i.e. I-797. No Indian Employer allows you to go back because you become a Golden Duck to your employer and his Indian middlemen and some of American unethical vendors too. Pro…bably this is the time one must definitely fall into or slip into the pit fall of cards, it might be Credit Cards or Green Cards etc. which we never seen that glory back home. Once realized it’s too late to understand it or clearly map to move ahead.
I, we do also come across many people and they are;
Some fall into depression,
Some fall into deep depression,
Some never visit home nations,
Some forget India,
Some forget parents,
Some even say Dirty INDIA in front of their parents who never condemn,
Some made their parents or in-laws as permanent shuttle commuters between India and USA,
Some made them permanently unpaid free baby sitters (Thanks to America for issue Parents H4 Visa for Ten years instead of 5 earlier) otherwise some they send their newly born babies to India for double income. Many Indians misunderstood America means only Money or more money so double income, side businesses like Amway or money circulations, illegal baby sittings etc and what not? I do not know why some get marry. Funny thing is Love marriages here are arranged marriage in India with fully loaded dowry notes. How do we call it love in college campuses or work locations? We are missing THE CHANGE here and counting only Dollars. We collect CHANGE only to give as TIPS.
We also started ALL caste, region & religion based groups without shame. One Religion offers in New Jersey $10,000 to Bridegroom if marry another Religion Bridge. What an Indian Hypocrisy in USA? All Indians work in USA know about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for everyone without having any racial differences at work but all Indians discriminate fellow Indians by their caste, language, slang, region, religion and color at home.
Our guys blame West for Christianity but we beg R Visa to start Temple Business here to loot H1Bs money in the name of sentiments or Poojas/Prayers. We are actually polluting USA instead of learning from USA is what I noticed in all my walks of life here.
If you do not fit into any of the above, they treat you as either innocent or foolish who do not know how to earn more money here. There may be some good hearted Indians but I have not come across here who said “Let’s collect money and donate to people in India as around 700 millions do not have toilets in India, lets eradicate poverty in India or Child labor etc”. Many gave me advises and ideas on how to earn second income on H1B though it is illegal in USA to have second income on H1B. Devyani’s case is just tip of the ice berg but my neighbors also argued for posting against her and that’s what Indians live here did not change a bit. Her case is nothing comparing to many Indians do illegal babysitting when America already cautioned it. Law is well designed here but Indians exploited this H1B program up to maximum level. I hate life here sometimes and do not know why I die for H1B visa or F1 Visa for 12 years while I was in India. May be I did not dream to come here but aimed for US Visa since every tom dick and harry was getting that time and I thought why could not I get it was the driving force made me to stand here today.
“Be clear on Dreams and American Dreams” Think beyond box and be separated from how above all these guys think. We have to get the Change from America and bring back the same change at our home otherwise people decided to die here, they apply for Green Cards, loses everything here in due course of life. Also they buy houses and they mourn silently that they are departed from India by leaving old parents there and living here to do slavery to their Indian employers/Indian middlemen who takes cuts in their salaries until they get this Green Card. Irony is they also become avatar of these middlemen to loot the blood of newcomers. After GC, life is pathetic though you may aimed to get 200K to 500K because it expires if you relocate to India if do not come back within 6 months. Also, you cannot fit into any model back home after exposed to best of best here. Life continues and I have counted only three guys on fingers who returned to India when their visas are valid as soon as their studies or work completed. (One must really need a very strong WILL POWER to return home or STRONG LOVE towards India otherwise it’s not easy task to wind up. In fact it is easy to die here than go back is the conclusion.) Probably they are providing employment back home with the knowledge gained here. Whatever the situation it may be but there is ONLY ONE Reason apart from GC restrictions why people stop boarding flights to India; the reason is Life of a common man in India is ZERO. The 0 which we invited and living by. Bottom line is anyone from any nation who comes to USA would earn a lot, above it they change a lot because Americans have better hearts. Everybody are treated equally in India, it our Indians who live in division and separation. Americans believe all races and colors are created equally by God and all humans are given same value for their lives in USA. Law is ultimate here and it is equal to all. Nobody is above Law in USA but this is point where we exactly fail because we don’t believe it. This is what we and our nation must learn from American.
In generally speaking, Indians are very bad people when they do IT business or any business in USA. They suck blood of fellow Indians till the last minute. I do not understand in America what Indians say every 5 minutes, “I Love India” etc. Come to USA on H1B and work for Indians or work with Indians to understand how worst are we?
If you think I am writing a lie, just type why Indians do worst things in USA? You will not only get Indians, Indian Companies, Indian Hotels, Indians Hospitals and what not? You can go to MyVisaJobs(Dot)Com and read the reviews about for Indian based employers. Majority of our company in USA have bad reviews. Do you think H1B Visa Holders, International Students of OPT/CPTs are writing badly? I do not know whether we become very bad people after receive Green Card or badness is there in Indians as in-built quality? Our guys write very unprofessionally and don’t feel ashamed to be unprofessional liars and unethical bugs in business emails. A Few days ago an Indian based Incorporation signed PO & MSA for my new contract job with my employer and promised to onboard me at client place but later I came to know it was all trash. They made me believe their lies and wasted my time with interviews and emails. Now they are still calling me offering new projects. How badly our guys scam? We are scam masters in India and USA.
I really hate myself as an Indian here and do not know why I was born in India? Indeed it is a curse to work with Indians and work for Indians in USA. That’s why I written in an earlier post earlier that Indians born in USA are double blessed.
Perhaps it is time that we find a way as a World, and as Human Beings so that we can create the opportunity that all of us seek in every country so that we can stop building someone elses dream at the expense of anothers dream?